You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to succeed. You don’t have to go through the School of Hard Knocks in order to figure out what to do and what not to do. And you don’t always need to struggle, getting bloodied and bruised in the process, in order to succeed.
There is a much easier way. So much easier.
Find a Mentor.
Find individuals who have succeeded in your industry, at your company, in your career or in life and ask them to mentor you.
Success is a process and successful people figured out what that process is. Some did it the hard way, through the school of hard knocks. Others did it the easy way, by finding a success mentor.
Successful people can teach you what to do and what not to do. they can teach you what works and what doesn’t work. They can teach you the daily habits that helped them succeed. They can teach you processes that work. Mentors remove most of the potholes and along the road. They can guide you down the right path, saving you time and money. They can introduce you to the right people, with a simple phone call, email or text.
When you find a successful person to mentor you in your career, you short cut an otherwise long, arduous journey.
And these people are all around you. You can find them at work, in trade groups, in books, on blogs, in podcasts, running non-profits, etc.
Those self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits Study who found a mentor, cut their path to becoming rich down from 32 years to 12 years. And, even more important, they accumulated nearly 2x’s the average wealth ($7.4 million vs. $3.4 million) of other self-made millionaires in my study, who did not have any mentors in life.
Granted, it’s not easy finding success mentors. But if you don’t look, you will not find one.
Make it a priority in life to seek out those who can help you succeed. Successful people, believe it or not, are only too happy to pay it forward and help others succeed. That’s why so many of them write books.
Those who have made it in life, desire to share their knowledge with other success-minded people. Find out who they are and then, ask them to mentor you.
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Good article. I’ve offered to mentor the young go getters but it seems they aren’t hungry enough. I met a guy 10 years youger than me and he has accomplished alot for his 50 years. Maybe he will be my mentor (i’m 63).
The young go-getters know most mentors will use you and dump you. Am still chasing one that is unable to pay for the 4-month work I did for him. Aside from this, the dynamics of the global economy have changed too fast, and the old folks are finding it difficult to catch up. Young people now prefer peer-to-peer mentoring.
This is valuable information! After being a serial entrepreneur doing many different things to make money, I’ve finally found a mentor to help me with my mission and passion, opening a Civility Institute. She is half my age and has done above and beyond what I have done in my 51 years. I am impressed and working towards my goals effectively with her guidance. It’s actually how I found you. I’m reading a book that you are featured in, What self-made millionaires do that most people don’t, by Ann Marie Sabath. Thank you for Visualizing your success 🙌
I am inspired and ready for a mentor in my life. A real live one…I’ve used books and have a few online heroes and sheroes, but I want a real life person who will guide me.
I met someone the other night and am giving him a call today. We were having a conversation with a few friends and I blurted out that I needed help being a better performer ( I’m a vocalist), and he whipped out a card and said to call him. He happens to be an older, experienced talent manager.
Right on! Im ready. This post gave me the extra little kick I need to make that call and finally get the advice and guidance I’ve been missing. Thank you!
The young go-getters know most mentors will just use you and dump you. Am still chasing one that is unable to pay for the 4-month work I did for him. Aside from this, the dynamics of the global economy have changed too fast, and the old folks are finding it difficult to catch up. Young people now prefer peer-to-peer mentoring